Allianz has teamed with AAPR’s Auto Industry Team which includes leading Industry Stakeholders to create a unique Scholarship opportunity that rewards and supports Apprentices who have successfully completed their first year on the job. The Allianz scholarship initiative is focussed on addressing our skills shortages in the automotive collision repair industry targeting Autobody Repair and Vehicle Spray Painting Technicians.
Paul Martin, National Manager Assessing Strategy, Allianz, announce that the first recipient of the Allianz Auto Scholarship Award is Isabelle (Bella) Turrise from Bodytech Automotive. “We are delighted to provide Isabelle with the scholarship award and offer our support to her apprenticeship. As a major industry stakeholder, we understand the significant role skilled trades people play in the sustainability of the motor repair industry. We would also thank our business partners Bodytech Automotive and the Australian Association of Progressive Repairers for their contribution to making this initiative a success”, said Martin.
The event was attended by the Hon. Ray Williams NSW Minister & local Member for Castle Hill, Trevor Lawler Allianz, Greg Preston AAPR, Peter Christodoulou Owner Bodytech Automotive, Carl Tinsley Bella’s TAFE teacher and local Future Leader of the Industry, Maxine Colligan. “It’s such a thrill to see such a dynamic young woman be recognised so early in her career. Bella has demonstrated the drive and the talent required to be successful and she is clearly ‘one to watch’”, said Tinsley. “In addition, Peter at Bodytech has a strong track record of developing young apprentices – he too is a credit to the industry”.
Bella was presented with a range of spray-painting equipment supplied by The SAPE Group, tolls and equipment that fits best with the high standard of quality repairs and refinishing carried out at Bodytech Automotive.
“This is just the first of many such initiatives that we will support in the coming months”, concluded Preston.